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Madeleine McCann: Dr Russell O’Brien, Jane Tanner And Suing The Portuguese Police

by | 9th, November 2007

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – McCANNS TO SUE POLICE FOR £1M”

Kate and Gerry McCanns are “considering legal action over a string of blunders which they claim, hampered the search for Madeleine”, it is “claimed”

Will suing the Policia Judicaria help them Find Madeleine?

Page 5: “Parents to sue over police blunders that jeopardised inquiry.” Says McCanns’ lawyer Rogerio Alves: “Because we don’t even yet know what this case’s development will be, never mind making predictions for the future, nothing has been arranged in that sense”

So the McCanns aren’t suing the police? It sounds as if Sen. Alves is answering a question rather than making a point

Another McCann legal aide, Carlos Pinto Abreu, says: “You would have to prove that it was intentional – only if you had information that someone had said they knew where the child was and the police had taken no action. It would not be easy but it would be possible”

No mention is made of that headline-making £1million bounty. You can imagine the Express’s hack asking: “So how much could they get, say they did sue? Is £1million fair?”

DAILY MIRROR page 9: “Maddy switch: Tapas 2 named”

Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas says Dr Russell O’Brien and Jane Tanner have contacted police to “correct” their statements

Says Ms Tanner: “I don’t want to say anything”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “They are categorically not the couple. There is no couple”

DAILY MAIL page 23: “McCann friends ‘could transform case’”

Says a police source: “The investigation could be changed dramatically if the two witnesses decide to clarify what really happened that night”

The Mail says four of the McCann’s friends could be named as official suspects, including Ms Tanner and Dr O’Brien

THE SUN page 32: “McCANNS COULD SUE DUD COPS FOR £1M”

Carlos Pinto de Abreu says it would be “technically” possible to sue the Portuguese police

Says a source close to the McCanns: “This is not about the money.” Readers are not told how the headline figure of £1milliion was reached

DAILY STAR page 8: “MADDIE PARENTS TO SUE ‘BUNGLING’ COPS – £1m claim over blunders”

Says Rogerio Alves: “What has to be one will be done in time”

A phone poll: “DO McCANNS DESERVE COMPO FROM COPS?”

DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE GUARDIAN, THE INDEPENDENT and THE TIMES: No Madeleine news today



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